Revolution: The String Quartet Tribute to P.O.D.

Vitamin String Quartet

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Revolution: The String Quartet Tribute to P.O.D. Review

by Johnny Loftus

The set list for Vitamin's String Quartet Tribute to P.O.D. is pretty wide-ranging. It reaches all the way back to 1999's Fundamental Elements of Southtown for "Set Your Eyes to Zion" and the title track, includes great B-sides like "Sleeping Awake" (from the Matrix: Reloaded soundtrack), and, of course, draws heavily from the California combo's breakthrough record, Satellite. While its arrangements for violin, cello, and viola can't muster as much emotion as the originals, these versions are steeped in the urgency that underpins P.O.D.'s best work. "Youth of the Nation" is just as tense; its cascading violin trills are as much a warning siren as the original track's children's chorus. "Boom"'s robust bottom end is functional but doesn't explode with the same force; however, "Satellite" features some precision changes in its chorus and the aforementioned "Zion" caps the set appropriately with its deliberate cello work. This strings tribute might not be able to stand on its own, but it will likely be of interest to anyone familiar with P.O.D.'s body of work.

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